Rejoice over what you discover ~ St. Catherine of Siena
Have iPhone, will travel. Will walk. Will take pictures. Will enjoy moments of discovery and beauty.
I love my iPhone. I love it even more, since I lost my camera. So, it’s all I’ve got until I invest in a new one, which I intend to do. But, until then…I’m learning to appreciate this little piece of technology.
Because it’s always with me, I find myself slowing down to notice things around me more. My phone has become a tool of creativity that I’d never have expected a year ago.
I love to take pictures – especially of beautiful things outdoors. I’m finding that I’m becoming more aware of detail in nature… of its small wonders.
While eagerly looking forward to a high tech camera, I’m glad to have this handy iPhone at the ready. Ready, no matter where I am, to focus on whatever strikes my fancy, whether flower, a pinecone, a shell on the beach. Tiny glimpses, tiny memories. They delight my senses.
See a world in a grain of sand…and a Heaven in a Wild Flower ~ William Blake
For many years, I breezed through the days, whirling oblivious to the magic around me. I might go for a walk, but I wouldn’t SEE. Oh, yes, perhaps the grandeur of a sunset or a mountain vista.
Nowadays, though, I’m intentionally slowing myself down, to tune in to the subtleties or to look for messages in what comes before me. I wish I’d done that years ago. I’ve taken in a lot of beauty and wonder over my lifetime, but I’ve overlooked so much more.
My little phone not only tunes me into my relationships with the people in my life – with its texting, emailing, Facebooking and iTuning – it also assists me in de-stressing. My relationship with the out of doors, with the natural world around me, is becoming more intimate.
Perhaps it’s helping to give me the eyes and ears of a child again, browsing (I think that word fits for these tech times) for small wonders as only a child – or the child in us – can do.
I’m appreciating the intracies of nature more. I’m amazed at the enjoyment I get from these little discoveries. And, I’m amazed that I’m amazed.
I’m finding that I’m fascinated with the patterns in a leaf or a flower, the shape of a petal, or a seed, the colors of a shell or a stone.
This fascination with tiny wonders is teaching me patience, I believe. Adapt to the pace of nature, said Ralph Waldo Emerson, her secret is patience.
Who’d have thought that a phone could become an integral part of the artistry of our lives? Or be a tool to tune into that pace of nature?
Small wonders are all around me–enhancing my days, filling in the spaces between earth and sky. I love my walks with just my iPhone and me. I rejoice in the discoveries; and I celebrate the beauty.